I thoroughly enjoyed the QGBI Conference in Nottingham, it felt I'd been away much longer than 3 days. A busy schedule: an all day class with Uta Lenk; a half day workshop with Laura Wasilowski; the business of the AGM ( rather gloomy forecast with the Quilt Museum under threat of closure yet again but launch of updated website), an afternoon on the CQ stand surrounded by mountains of book wraps and an excellent Gala Dinner. I even won the table raffle for the centrepiece - this bucket filled with all kinds of goodies.
Jubilee Campus of University of Nottingham - fantastic architecture and lovely surroundings with comfortable accommodation and it was great to have everything together on one site. Catering was overpriced and a bit chaotic at times - only 1 coffee machine in action at breakfast for 400!! but it was ok for a weekend.
We practised with an A3 sized (or bigger!) sample which demonstrated various techniques. I struggled a bit with the borrowed Bernina (finding out later that it had been set to zero stitch length which is why it ran on the spot!). Later we concentrated on our own designs, blowing them up large using an OHP projector.
Uta also uses a computer and 'beamer' (digital projector). I'm thinking more seriously of getting one if it has other uses than just giving talks, especially as just received some royalties from 'Growing Hardy Orchids'.
Anja Townrow on Friday evening and after AGM on Saturday morning, time for abit of retail therapy at Art Van Go - usually at FoQ you can't get anywhere near the stand so it was lovely to have a more relaxed chat with Kevin. Coats were giving away threads to try and I was also able to stock up with some 'Soft Touch' in grey - my thread of choice for piecing.
Frieda Anderson and Laura Wasilowski ) which was both instructive and hilarious.